The Pro Take: Francis Ngannou’s Grappling Showcased with Unanimous Decision Victory at UFC 270

Francis Ngannou, UFC 270
Francis Ngannou, UFC 270 weigh-in Credit: Gabriel Gonzalez/Cageside Press

The unofficial title of Baddest Man on the Planet was on the line once again at UFC 270, with Francis Ngannou looking to defend his undisputed Heavyweight Championship in his very first title defence against the interim champion, Ciryl Gane. The lead up to the main event couldn’t have been written any better with two former training partners going to battle. The former teammates’ storyline was well documented ahead of their showdown, with sparring videos being released and stories of the history between Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane during their time as training partners making the rounds.

Francis Ngannou has added some big names to his résumé, knocking out former champions like Cain Velasquez, Stipe Miocic and Junior Dos Santos. Knocking out opponent after opponent with explosive power, it was only a matter of time before he was the one headlining a UFC Pay-Per-View with his title being defended. At UFC 270, Ngannou looked to quiet the drama of contract disputes and gym chances, and show why he is the baddest man on the planet.

With his ten-fight winning streak on the line, Ciryl Gane looked to unify his interim title and become what he has worked hard to be, an Undisputed UFC Champion. Rising up the rankings in a short time with a hybrid, well-rounded style for a heavyweight, Gane looked to make UFC 270 his night and have his reign as heavyweight champ begin.

Few would have thought that this fight would go all five rounds. A decent heavyweight fight from both men and it was Francis Ngannou’s grappling that got him the victory… no, you didn’t read that wrong — Francis Ngannou got some key takedowns on a man who has never been on his back. Thanks to that grappling, the judges decided that Francis Ngannou had done enough to keep his title around his waist.


Here is how the pros reacted to UFC 270 main event…